Tiwa Savage Expands Afrobeat With Her Debut Album, ‘Celia’ : NPR

Celia, the third studio album from Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage, is her American debut.

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Tiwa Savage was already turning heads with her music — a deft fusion of Afrobeat with pop, R&B and hip-hop sounds — for years when she was handpicked by Beyoncé to appear on The Gift, the soundtrack album for the 2019 remake of The Lion King. Now, the Nigerian artist has returned with her third studio album and American debut, Celia. She spoke about the record’s themes and featured collaborations with All Things Considered; hear the radio version at the audio link, and read on for an edited transcript.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

NPR: The first song I want to ask you about is “Temptation,” which actually features Sam Smith. Can you talk a little

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Yoga studio expands to gift shop with items that ‘spark joy,’ owner says

When people enter her gift boutique, Joyful Treasures in Point Lookout, owner Laura Shockley, 45, says an instant sense of calm prevails. “They say things like, ‘Ahh, it feels so relaxing in here,’ or ‘I walk in here and I feel like I’m taking a breath.’” That makes sense because years ago, Shockley abandoned her career as a high-powered attorney at a large Long Island firm to take a breath of her own, and enter what she calls, “her karmic life” as a yoga and meditation instructor.

She opened Point Lookout Yoga and Wellness Studio some five years ago, and just this past June (although it was slated to open much earlier … pandemic and all) she debuted her gift shop in a storefront located next door to her studio. The name, Joyful Treasures, is not random. “Everything in this store, I’ve touched and loved. And I always ask the

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Bespoke Beauty Brands, LLC Expands Leadership With Appointment of Brandyn Muegge as President of Sales and Marketing

Bespoke Beauty Brands, LLC, (BBB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Brandyn Muegge as President of Sales and Marketing for domestic and international markets, effective November 1, 2020. Ms. Muegge is excited to be a driving force in the rapidly evolving beauty industry, and work alongside the CEO and Founder, Toni Ko. She will lead BBB’s team in overseeing sales, marketing, and direct-to-consumer for all brands currently under the beauty incubator.

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Bespoke Beauty Brands, LLC, Appoints New President of Sales and Marketing, Brandyn Muegge (Photo: Business Wire)

Ms. Muegge joins BBB with over 25 years of extensive experience working across the beauty industry in both mass and professional markets. Most recently, she served as MAV Beauty Brands’ Vice President of U.S. sales, and worked to launch Cake Beauty while integrating acquisitions into their portfolio. Prior to MAV Beauty

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Motion Recruitment Expands Market Specialization Model into DataOps and Cybersecurity

BOSTON, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Motion Recruitment, a leading North American provider of IT Staffing for contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire recruitment, today announced the launch of two new fully dedicated tech placement disciplines in DataOps and Cybersecurity. Motion has several years of proven experience in these sectors, but will now have teams exclusively focused on these two tech placement areas. 

This latest strategy expands upon Motion’s existing portfolio of highly specialized tech placement teams to include: Software Engineering, Web Development, Mobile Development, Digital Creative, Cloud Engineering, Network Infrastructure & Dev Ops, Product & UX, and Functional/Project Management. The new localized DataOps teams will focus on Data Engineer, Data Scientist, AI, and Data Analyst roles and the Cybersecurity teams will focus on Security Engineer, CISO, Applications Security Engineer and Security Analyst roles. Motion will exit the year with over 80 specialized IT recruitment teams across its 16 North

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Amazon Expands Its Personalized Clothing Service to Men

It is not hyperbole to state that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has changed the world in its 26-year existence. Seeking to become “Earth’s most customer-centric company,” it sells virtually everything you can think of online. It also has other products and services, such as the Kindle e-reader, Alexa virtual assistant, and Amazon Prime video streaming and subscription service.

This drive to focus on the customer, innovation, and long-term thinking has made Amazon into the powerhouse it is today. It still tries to stay one step ahead of its competitors, recently expanding its personal shopping subscription service that has the potential to further enlarge its reach and appeal.

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Amazon has extended its subscription-based offering to focus on menswear. Under its Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe, Prime members pay $4.99 to receive eight clothing items per month, which are personally selected based on the customer’s personal preferences. The

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Instagram Expands Shopping Features to IGTV and Reels

Illustration for article titled Instagram Is Becoming A Glorified Home Shopping Network

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Over the past few years, Instagram users might have noticed that the app morphed from a place where you turn to see your friend’s cute dog photos, into a place where you turn to see those dog photos while also buying a lot of shit you probably don’t need. If you had any doubts about the platform’s intentions of becoming a glorified digital mall, well, just look at its latest update: earlier today, the company announced that it’s expanding its beloved in-app shopping feature to support IGTV (the company’s Youtube clone) and Reels (the company’s TikTok clone). While the latter is primed for a rollout later this year, IGTV creators worldwide can now use their clips to hawk merch to viewers immediately.

If you look at the sample post that Instagram’s spokespeople sent around, the new function feels pretty similar to the app’s current setup

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Instagram expands shopping on IGTV, plans test of shopping on Reels

Instagram this morning announced the global expansion of its Instagram Shopping service across IGTV. The product, which lets you watch a video then checkout with a few taps, offers creators and influencers a way to more directly monetize their user base on Instagram, while also giving brands a way to sell merchandise to their followers. Instagram said it would also soon begin testing shopping within its newer feature and TikTok rival, Reels.

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Shopping has become a larger part of the Instagram experience over the past few years.

Instagram’s Explore section in 2018 gained a personalized Shopping channel filled with the things Instagram believed you’d want the most. It also expanded Shopping tags to Stories. Last year, it launched Checkout, a way to transact within the app when you saw something you wanted to buy. And just this summer, Instagram redesigned its dedicated Shop section, now powered by

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Scottish gift card issuer Miconex expands to US, Canada and Ireland

Scottish FinTech Miconex is expanding from its UK base with new contracts to deliver gift card programmes in Canada, the USA and Ireland, in association with international payments technology solutions provider EML Payments.

Miconex operates over 45 Town and City Gift Card programmes across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and will use its infrastructure and experience of working with towns and cities in the UK to drive the international expansion. Town and City Gift Card programmes lock in spend locally and drive local economic recovery.

The expansion strengthens Miconex’s long-term association with EML Payments (ASX: EML), which has offices in the UK, the rest of Europe, North America and Australia, and manages programmes across 28 countries on Mastercard, Visa, Eftpos and Discover.
In Canada, Miconex is working with Food Island Partnership to deliver Canada’s Food Island, a gift card programme for Prince Edward Island, located off the east

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Amazon’s Personal Shopping Subscription expands to men’s fa

Amazon’s personal shopping subscription, which just started this July for women, has now expanded into men’s fashion. The subscription service is priced at just $4.99 a month with a box curated just for you, full of clothing, shoes, and accessories. Just in time for fall, this is a perfect way to elevate your wardrobe. Whether you’re looking for casual wear or a look for a date night, this box has you covered. When the box arrives at your doorstep, you have seven days to try the clothing out and buy what you decide to keep. Head below the jump to find out even more details about Amazon’s personal shopping subscription.

“Some of the top motivators men asked to use this service for include convenience of having someone else shop for them, help putting together outfits, improvement of their existing wardrobe and guidance to keep up with trends,” Amazon said.


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Lauren Conrad Expands Makeup Line to Include Skin Care | Interview

You’d be forgiven if you think of Lauren Conrad, the businesswoman, mother, and former reality star, as a Fashion Person. She runs a clothing line, a shoe line, and a kids’ line, to name a few, and longtime fans may remember her televised internship in the Teen Vogue fashion closet. But along the way, Conrad has cultivated her own signature beauty look, which consists of easy breezy makeup and a consistent cat-eye. This summer, she surprised us by channeling that energy into the launch of Lauren Conrad Beauty. She began with five products, released direct-to-consumer from her own website — including a lip gloss formula that’s already won over Allure editors. As of October 9, she’ll expand into Kohl’s with a much longer list of products, including skin care, body care, and color cosmetics. 

Conrad has wanted to start her own beauty line for some time, encountering plenty of

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